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Open trencher salts

One of a pair of cast open trencher salts. The shaped oval body has concave sides between the molded oval base and rim with a deep, silver-gild depression for salt.

Marks

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, RC, the dove of the Holy Ghost, with an E(?)PB marked over it (Dennis, 95), the EPB might be the mark of Edme-Pierre Balzac (Dennis, 30). Warden's Mark: 1742-1743: a crowned B (Dennis 146). Charge Mark: 1738-1744: a crowned A with Palm branches (Dennis, 135). Discharge Mark: for small work, 1738-1744: a fox's head (Dennis, 135). Other: Countermark used after 1838: parts of insects (Rosenberg, 5929); Guarantee Mark used after 1838 for large works; a helmeted head in an octagon with a 1 (Tardy, p. 173).

Provenance

Elizabeth Parke Firestone (1897-1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (1898-1973), Akron, OH and Newport, RI; 1993; gift of the Estate of Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. to the MFA.

Credit Line

Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection

France (Paris), 1742–43

Object Place

Paris, France

Accession Number

1993.283.2

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver